Earth Collections : Jurassic database

The Jurassic Period extended from 200-145 million years ago. Jurassic fossils make up roughly 40% of the geological collections, with a total of over 80,000 specimens. These are predominantly invertebrates, mainly ammonites, belemnites, bivalves, gastropods, corals and echinoderms, but there are also fish, crocodiles, pterosaurs, ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and dinosaurs. In addition, plants are quite well represented, particularly from the Middle Jurassic of Oxfordshire and Yorkshire.

Over 90% of the collection is British in origin. The earliest material dates from the late 17th century, and includes specimens collected by Edward Lhwyd (1660-1709). 19th century collectors include William Buckland, John Phillips and James Parker, amongst others, while 20th century collectors include W. J. Arkell, J. H. Callomon and E. A. Walford.

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